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B+LNZ National Webinar Series

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s National Webinar Series is a platform to provide updates on the work we’re doing to achieve our vision of profitable farmers, thriving farming communities, valued by all New Zealanders.

B+LNZ has established a new National Webinar series covering topics of national interest to farmers such as Essential Freshwater Policy, the Emission’s Trading Scheme and an update on Taste Pure Nature, which have proven very popular and will continue in the long-term.

We want to hear from you

Are there any specific topics you would like to hear about as part of our National Webinar Series? Let us know via the button below with your suggested topics and keep an eye on our Events Calendar for the next update as part of this series. 


How to join and participate in our webinars

Please download our Livestream Help and Guidelines (PDF, 671KB) document to help you. This includes information on how to use the chat functionality and tips and tricks if you are having connection issues.

If for some reason you are unable to join on the day, our webinars will be recorded and available to view at a later date via this webpage.

Catch up on our previous webinars

You can watch previous webinars below that come with some useful resources, speakers bios and links to further information.

On 8 March 2021, B+LNZ held a national webinar to help you understand the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to Government and consultation process.


About the webinar

Join B+LNZ for a webinar on the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to Government and consultation process to:

  • understand what the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice means for red meat producers, and what B+LNZ thinks about it
  • hear what B+LNZ is doing on behalf of farmers to engage in the process.
  • find out what you can do to engage in the consultation process.

Consultation documentation

The Climate Change Commission recently released draft advice on New Zealand’s response to climate change. The consultation closes on 28 March 2021.

The draft advice and evidence reports are available on the Climate Change Commission's website. 

This webinar took place on Wednesday 23 September from 3–4pm.


About this webinar

Hear from one of New Zealand’s top trade negotiators, Vangelis Vitalis and Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Senior Trade Policy Manager, Stephanie Honey.

You’ll learn about the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and protectionism globally; the US-China trade relationship; Brexit and EU-NZ FTA negotiations and what these things mean for the New Zealand red meat sector. 

You’ll also hear what B+LNZ is doing on farmers' behalf to protect and advance New Zealand’s red meat market access into these key markets.


Vangelis Vitalis

Vangelis Vitalis is the Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT). Vangelis is also the APEC2021 Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Chair for New Zealand’s host year and the Chief Negotiator for the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.

Vangelis is one of New Zealand’s top trade negotiators. Some of his achievements include being New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva before moving to Wellington in 2017. Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressuve Trans Pacific Partenership Agreement (CPTPP) and so much more. Read more information about Vangelis here.

Stephanie Honey  

Stephanie is the Senior Trade Policy Manager at Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd.   Stephanie was formerly a trade negotiator for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including serving as New Zealand’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator during a critical period in the WTO Doha Round of negotiations.  Stephanie was also posted to Brussels and is an expert on EU agricultural policy and New Zealand’s red meat quota access.  

More recently, Stephanie has worked as a trade policy consultant, including roles as the policy advisor to the New Zealand members of the APEC Business Advisory Council and Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum.  She co-founded a business offering executive education in trade policy and sits on the Board of the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority and the Advisory Board of the Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence.   

This webinar took place on Monday 24 August from 11.30am–12.30pm.


Farmers heard from Corina Jordan, B+LNZ's Environment Strategy Manager, about the Government's freshwater rules that were released on 5 August 2020 and what they mean for farmers. 

B+LNZ provided updates on what’s happening, next steps, and how we’ll be helping farmers over the coming weeks and months with information and support.

Visit our Essential Freshwater Consultation webpage for key information about the Government's essential freshwater rules.



The webinar took place on Thursday 25 June from 2–3pm.

In this webinar, our listeners received a global perspective on the red meat sector’s supply chains from one of New Zealand’s largest processors ANZCO, and gained insights into Taste Pure Nature’s marketing activities in both the United States (live from Crafted Communications in California) and China. We also heard how the sector has pivoted in response to COVID-19 and the plan going forward in a post COVID-19 world.

This was an opportunity to hear directly from the people involved and ask your questions in a Q&A session.

Meet the speakers

1) Rick Walker

General Manager Sales and Marketing for ANZCO.

Rick joined ANZCO in 2017 and is responsible for sales of ANZCO’s portfolio of beef, lamb and processed food products via their global sales network. Prior to joining ANZCO Rick spent 20 years in the New Zealand dairy industry in a variety of government relations, ingredient sales and key account management roles based in New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

2) Michael Wan

Global Manager – New Zealand Red Meat Story for Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

Michael Wan is Global Manager - New Zealand Red Meat Story at B+LNZ and is an internationally experienced, commercially driven marketer. Over the past 17 years Michael has been building brands for transformational growth and held senior roles with Synlait Milk, Hawke’s Bay Tourism, New Zealand Post, Public Trust, and Cigna Insurance.

3) Kari Ramsey

Senior Vice President, Crafted Communications.

Kari Ramsey is a Senior Vice President at Crafted Communications, working across consumer, tech and travel clients and managing programs for B2C and B2B brands including Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Litehouse Foods, Fresh Express and Expedia Group. Previous client work includes Air New Zealand, working closely with Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Australia to drive awareness and visitation for the regions, Downtown Santa Monica, Earth Friendly Products, Bolthouse Farms and Bundaberg Ginger Beer.



B+LNZ provided the latest information on the Essential Freshwater Policy and the Emissions Trading Reform Bill in a webinar on Thursday June 18 from 3.30–4.30pm.

The webinar covered what you need to know about these policies, their processes, and what Beef + Lamb New Zealand is doing on your behalf.

Guest speakers

  • Corina Jordan, B+LNZ Environment Strategy Manager 


  • Sam McIvor, B+LNZ CEO